London offers you an unrivalled range of culture, history, art and leisure.
The QS World University Rankings 2017 and 2018 ranked London as the best city in the world for students. It said that London is:
an epicenter of international finance and business, culture and creativity, famed for its museums, arts scene, nightlife and diversity“
- around 250 museums and galleries, including world-famous art galleries like the National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, as well as smaller modern galleries such as the Whitechapel, Saatchi or White Cube. Renowned museums include the British, Victoria and Albert (V&A), Natural History, Design and Science museums, as well as lesser-known collections like the Hunterian Museum (surgical history) and the Horniman Museum (anthropology and natural history)
- mixed performance and exhibition spaces such as the Barbican, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Southbank Centre
- plays and musicals in the West End, National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe, cinemas in Leicester Square and on the South Bank, and plenty of venues for rock, pop, classical and opera
- the chance to watch, or take part in, all kinds of sport, from tennis at Wimbledon to the annual London Marathon
the Museum of London, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and walking tours around the neighbourhoods of Charles Dickens or Jack the Ripper.
The Student View
"Art is everywhere in London. The possibility for it to be seen and experienced is so accessible for the student of the history of art, which is so important for a real and meaningful engagement with the subject. The diversity of the programme really gave me the opportunity to open up a whole number of academic possibilities that I never knew existed. Not only that, it also allowed me to pursue my own interests."
Matthew Lord, History of Art BA (2018)
The resources for learning you can enjoy in London are many and varied:
- With its countless libraries, archives, cultural spaces and professional bodies, London is the perfect place to find context and support for your studies.
- UCL is in the 'Knowledge Quarter' of London, which includes over 75 academic, research, cultural, media and technology institutions large and small - from Google to the British Library.
- London houses more than 350 public libraries and nearly a third of all the archives in the UK, from the world-famous British and Guildhall Libraries to the National Archives at Kew.
- Free lectures, workshops and exhibitions are offered by institutions like the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Institution and the Wellcome Collection.
- History of Art students can often discuss the works they are studying while viewing them in the gallery in which they are kept.
- Arts and Humanities students benefit from a wealth of cinemas and theatres.
- Law and Politics students are near the UK's seat of government, and can observe debates in the Houses of Parliament or meetings of the London Assembly in City Hall.
- Biological Sciences students have easy access to ZSL London Zoo, the Natural History Museum or the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.
- Medical students can take advantage of UCL's various clinical and research institutions, including the Institutes of Child Health, Neurology, Ophthalmology and the Ear Institute. The recently opened Crick, the biggest biomedical research institute under one roof in Europe, and in which UCL is a founding partner is also nearby.
- London itself provides a living laboratory for students of geography, civil engineering and the built environment.